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  • Bishop to Restore Traditional Order of the Sacraments of Initiation (Catholic Caucus)

    05/03/2015 12:26:28 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    ccWatershed ^ | May 3, 2015 | Fr. David Friel
    HE BEST AGE to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation is a matter of discussion in my diocese, as it is in many others. There are advocates for quite a wide range of ages, from as early as Baptism to the latter years of high school. Reasonable arguments can be made in favor of almost any age between these two mileposts. But which age is best? Anyone involved in Catholic education/catechesis will know the struggle it is to keep young people in religious education after their Confirmation. A common tactic in many local Churches has been to raise the age at...
  • A Crisis in the German Church? Synod Questionnaire Would Suggest So

    05/03/2015 9:24:49 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 4/2/15 | Carl Bunderson
    Vatican City, May 2, 2015 / 05:44 pm (CNA).- The Synod of Bishops began receiving in April responses to a questionnaire that had been sent to dioceses the world over in preparation for October's Synod on the Family. The results from Germany indicate that most Catholics there hope for an openness to divorce and remarriage, as well as homosexual acts. The synthesis of responses from Catholics in Germany was released by the nation's bishops conference on April 16. The 17-page document, provided in an English translation, summarizes the responses, which filled some 1,000 pages. According to the German bishops conference,...
  • Junípero and the Others: The Pope Praises the Courage of America’s Missionaries

    05/02/2015 10:13:46 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 5/2/15 | Andrea Tornielli
    Today Pope Francis celebrated a mass at the North American College on the Janiculum, as part of a special day dedicated to Junípero Serra, "one of the founding fathers of the United States". “Sometimes we stop and thoughtfully examine their weaknesses and their shortcomings. But I wonder if today we are able to respond with the same generosity and courage to the call of God”Although he will be canonizing Friar Junípero Serra himself on 23 September, in preparation for this ceremony, Pope Francis wished to pay tribute to the “Apostole of California” and “one of the founding fathers of the...
  • Catholic Church never works for conversions: Syro Malabar Major Arch Bishop

    05/02/2015 9:53:03 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 90 replies
    The Times of India ^ | May 1, 2015 | Stanley Pinto
    The Catholic church never works for conversions. There are people who misunderstand the mission of Christians, especially of the Catholic church, said Cardinal Mar George Alenchery, the major archbishop of Syro Malabar Church. The major archbishop, who is on a pastoral visit to the diocese of Belthangady till May 5, said, "Conversion is a personal response of a person to God. Nobody can force or coerce a person. The church witnesses the charity of Christ and proclaims Christian values—truth, justice, love and harmony—to others. This attracts people. It is not something which we create, it is something they (people) request....
  • Archbishop Cordileone Sends Back-Up to Priest Under Attack

    05/01/2015 8:21:36 PM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 5/1/2015 | Ryan Fitzgerald
    A solid new school chaplain takes over today at a San Francisco Catholic community that's recently been targeted by the media for its pastor's altar boys-only policy. Star of the Sea School, part of the same community as Star of the Sea parish, will now be ministered by Fr. Vito Perrone of the Contemplatives of St. Joseph, who's described as "a priest of impeccable orthodoxy." The parish's pastor, Fr. Joseph Illo, co-founder of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri, has been under attack since last November, when he announced the parish will only be training boys to serve at the...
  • US Clergy Back British Priests Over Synod Letter

    04/29/2015 6:01:01 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 4/29/15 | Staff Reporter
    American clergymen join British counterparts in wishing to uphold 'Church discipline' on sacramentsA group of American priests has given their backing to the British clergy who wrote to the Catholic Herald last month in support of Church teaching on marriage. Following the letter from 500 clergy in England and Wales , which was issued in advance of the Synod of Bishop taking place later this year, a group of American clergy has now added their support, as first reported by the Church Militant website. In a letter, addressed to the Synod Fathers and published on the the Credo Priests website,...
  • Packed Church for Fathers Illo and Driscoll

    04/28/2015 6:02:52 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Hundreds of supportive Catholics fill San Francisco’s Star of the SeaOn Saturday, May 25, the 4:30 p.m. Mass at San Francisco’s Star of the Sea Church resembled Easter or Christmas. The packed Church was a show of support for Star’s faithful Catholic Priests, Father Joseph Illo and Father Patrick Driscoll. The two have earned the enmity of the San Francisco power structure, as well as that of a number of their fellow priests, for their decision to only allow boys to serve at the altar. That decision is at the discretion of each parish’s pastor—at Star of the Sea, Fr....
  • Manhattan Parish Fights for Survival

    04/27/2015 6:26:24 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 4/26/15 | Melanie Grayce West
    They gathered for an early celebration of a centennial that may never arrive. Hundreds of parishioners of Our Lady of Peace strolled through Manhattan’s Upper East Side on Sunday clutching pictures of the ancestors who founded this Roman Catholic parish in 1918. They donned bright blue sashes with the names of those Irish and Italian founders: Scudellari, Iacovone, Tauriello, O’Keefe and many more. Young and old feasted on antipasti, pizza, tiramisu, Irish beer and Italian wine. This lovingly maintained Victorian Gothic church—with its colorful painting of Madonna and child, ornate Murano glass chandeliers, pews adorned with golden grape clusters and...
  • Pope to new priests: Don’t be a peacock

    04/27/2015 7:19:27 AM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies
    cna ^ | April 26, 2015 | Ann Schneible
    Nineteen men lie prostrate for their ordination as priests for the Diocese of Rome on April 26, 2015. Credit: Bohumil Petrik/CNA Vatican City, Apr 26, 2015 / 12:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis presided over the ordination of nearly twenty men to the priesthood on Sunday, where he warned them against being vain priests who live first for their own pleasure rather than for God’s. “A priest is ugly who lives for his own pleasure,” Pope Francis said, adding that such a priest “acts like a peacock.” Pope Francis presided over the Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on Apr. 26,...
  • How To Stop Whiners

    04/26/2015 3:41:13 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 14 replies
    kevinfitzmaurice.com ^ | Kevin Fitzmaurice
    Do you hate it when they whine? Do you hate it when they whine and say, "Don't you agree," "Do you see my point," "Ain't it awful," "Aren't they just terrible for doing that," etc.? Do you want to graciously stop them from wasting your time and using you to confirm their distorted views? Then memorize the following line: "Thanks for the honor of being a judge. But, to be a fair judge-- I will first have to hear the other side." If you stick to this line each time they whine--they will soon stop bothering you and move on...
  • A beautiful morning for church

    04/26/2015 3:59:07 AM PDT · by knarf · 10 replies
    The Holy Spirir ^ | April 26, 2015 | knarf
    Another day to go and hear from Dad ...
  • Relaunched Congregation Grows in Movie Theater

    04/24/2015 9:09:47 PM PDT · by OK Sun · 24 replies
    PE News ^ | 22 April 2015 | Eric Tiansay
    Compass Church meets in a movie theater, has no live worship, and keeps its Sunday service meeting to 45 minutes. But the somewhat nontraditional Assemblies of God congregation is making an eternal impact in Winona, Minnesota. Pastored by Aaron Lindholm, Compass "exists to reach the 9,000 people in Winona that are far from God by creating a loving, giving, growing community, where it is safe to belong until you believe," according to the church's website. Lindholm, 38, moved to Winona from Claremore, Oklahoma, in 2009 when around 40 people attended the church regularly. Last year, Compass Church had more salvation...
  • Chicago Archbishop Commits Sacrilege?

    04/24/2015 7:19:49 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 50 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 4/24/15 | Michael Voris
    Archbishop Blase Cupich allows non-Catholic Governor to receive Holy CommunionCHICAGO, April 24, 2015 (ChurchMilitant.com)—Eyewitness reports as well as television footage clearly prove that Illinois governor Bruce Rauner received Holy Communion at Cardinal George's funeral Mass at Holy Name Cathedral on Thursday, April 23. Governor Rauner is not Catholic. Therefore, what appears to be a grave violation of Canon 844 has been committed. Present at the Mass was Chicago's new archbishop Blase Cupich. In addition to the violation of canon law, the question is being asked: Was a sacrilege committed on the new archbishop's watch? According to canon law, since the...
  • German bishops' report: laity want change in Church teaching; many priests do not pray regularly

    04/24/2015 7:17:43 AM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    The German Catholic bishops’ conference has made public a report on a survey of the faithful in preparation for the October meeting of the Synod of Bishops, finding a “gap between the lived reality of families and our communities” and the teachings of the Church. The report complains of an “idealization of marriage and family” in Church teaching, and calls for the approval of new pastoral initiatives to help families that fall short. The bishops “expectations among the faithful are very high” that the Church will approve new policies. And the bishops recall the decision of their own episcopal conference...
  • Marin Nuns Walk Out of School to Protest Gay-Rights Group

    04/22/2015 7:40:34 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 28 replies
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/22/15 | Matier & Ross
    The nuns at Marin Catholic High in Kentfield walked out their classes in protest over gay non-profit sponsoring anti-bullying Day of Silence. The divisions within the Bay Area’s Catholic community over gay rights hit Marin Catholic High School full force the other day, when a group of nuns walked out of their classes to protest the sponsors of a program intended to protect gay and lesbian teens from bullying. The five members of the Dominican Sisters of Mary order exited their classrooms Friday as students began handing out flyers at the Kentfield school promoting a nationwide Day of Silence. Their...
  • Bishop Daly prepares to take the helm in Spokane

    04/22/2015 1:35:34 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 3 replies
    http://www.catholicworldreport.com ^ | April 21, 2015 | Jim Graves
    Last month Pope Francis appointed Bishop Thomas Daly, 54, an auxiliary bishop with the Diocese of San Jose, California, as the seventh bishop of Spokane, Washington. Daly will be installed in his new position at Spokane’s Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes on May 20. He succeeds Archbishop Blase Cupich, who was installed as archbishop of Chicago last November. Daly grew up in San Francisco, a parishioner at St. Brendan Church. The fourth of seven children, he attended Catholic schools from first grade through college with classes taught by religious, including the Daughters of Charity and the De La Salle...
  • Catholic Priest who Alleged Sexual Bullying 'Injured Reputation of Church', Says Tribunal

    04/22/2015 6:43:45 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 32 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 4/20/15 | Mark Woods
    A Roman Catholic priest in Scotland who alleged there was a culture of sexual bullying in seminaries stretching back decades has been found guilty by a Church tribunal of injuring the reputation of the Church and its clergy. Father Matthew Despard, who was suspended from his parish at St John Ogilvie in High Blantyre, Lanarkshire, made the claims in a self-published book entitled 'Priesthood in Crisis'.The e-book has been removed from sale on Amazon's Kindle service following legal threats by priests who said they had been defamed, but its description says that it is "a story of one priest's experience...
  • Admonish the Sinner – A Reflection on the First Spiritual Work of Mercy

    04/21/2015 7:23:03 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-20-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Admonish the Sinner – A Reflection on the First Spiritual Work of Mercy By: Msgr. Charles PopeI wrote last week asking, Whatever happened to the spiritual works of mercy? I also indicated an intent to write on each of them. Here is the first installment: Admonishing the Sinner.The word “admonish” comes from the Latin verb monere meaning to warn, advise, or alert someone to a threat or danger. As such, its purpose is the good of another; it is an act of love and concern. To admonish the sinner is not to belittle or humiliate him, but rather to alert him to the danger...
  • Will Pope Francis Break the Church?

    04/21/2015 4:05:21 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | May 2015 | Ross Douthat
    The new pope's choices stir high hopes among liberal Catholics and intense uncertainty among conservatives. Deep divisions may lie ahead. In 1979, almost a year into the papacy of John Paul II, a novel called The Vicar of Christ spent 13 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list. The work of a Princeton legal scholar, Walter F. Murphy, it featured an unlikely papal candidate named Declan Walsh—first a war hero, then a United States Supreme Court justice, and then (after an affair and his wife’s untimely death) a monk—who is summoned to the throne of Saint Peter by a...
  • Vatican Announces Resignation of Bishop Robert Finn

    04/21/2015 3:59:47 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 4/21/15 | Stafff Reporter
    US bishop was convicted in September 2012 of failing to report an accusation of child abuseThe Vatican has announced the resignation of Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City-St Joseph. In a statement released earlier today, the Vatican said that “the Holy Father has accepted the resignation of Bishop Robert W Finn from the pastoral governance” of his diocese. The statement did not name a successor. Bishop Finn was convicted in September 2012 of failing to report an accusation of child abuse. He waited five months before reporting that explicit images of young girls were found on the computer of one...
  • The U.S. Catholic College Revolution

    04/20/2015 6:47:16 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 4/20/14 | Tom Hoopes
    8 new “Catholic identity schools” since 2000 as dozens more renew themselvesA Spanish Marxist once famously said, “Give me 10 universities, and I'll change the face of Europe.” It happened exactly as he said. So it is significant to note that there is a major Catholic higher education revolution underway in the United States and Canada. Eight new Catholic identity colleges have been founded since 2000 and more than 20 American colleges are promoting their Catholic identity — and that number could as much as double in the next 10 years. I work at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, where...
  • Tom Brady’s Father Among Group Seeking Archbishop’s Removal

    04/20/2015 6:43:23 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 78 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | 4/16/15 | Michael O’Loughlin
    A group of San Francisco Catholics threw a Hail Mary Thursday, asking Pope Francis to fire their archbishop. Among those calling for a replacement of Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone is the father of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Tom Brady Sr. joined about 100 other Bay Area Catholics in signing a full-page advertisement in the San Francisco Chronicle Thursday, in which they ask Pope Francis to remove Cordileone as archbishop because of what they say is “an atmosphere of division and intolerance” in the archdiocese. “Holy Father,” the ad reads, “please provide us with a leader true to our values...
  • Shroud of Turin Returns for Public Viewing

    04/19/2015 5:52:09 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 4/19/15 | AFP
    The Shroud of Turin will be displayed for the first time in five years on Sunday. More than a million people have signed up to view one of Christianity's most celebrated relics. Pilgrims believe the Shroud of Turin, measuring 4.3 meters (14 feet) in length, was the cloth used to bury Jesus Christ. The most-talked about piece of linen in history, the shroud imprinted with an image of a man who appears to have been crucified, will go on display from April 19 until June 24 at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in the north of Italy. Public...
  • TIME TO GET READY FOR CHURCH

    04/19/2015 4:00:49 AM PDT · by knarf · 3 replies
    The Holy Spirit ^ | April 19, 2015 | knarf
    It's that time againWinter's done, the garden's been started, the week is over ...Let's go listen to a love letter read from Dad Time For Church
  • 7 Things You Didn’t Know About the Incredible Life of Cardinal George

    04/18/2015 2:27:42 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Churchpop ^ | April 17, 2015
    Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston / Flickr Francis Cardinal George, former Archbishop of Chicago, passed away today. Born in 1937, he was 78 years old. He had been fighting cancer for almost a decade.Widely admired for his insight and courage, he will be greatly missed.[See also: 6 Fascinating Videos from the Papacy and Death of St. John Paul II]A person’s death can be a good time to reflect on the person’s life. So here are 7 things you probably didn’t know about Cardinal George:1) He had polio as a kid – and it almost prevented him from becoming a priest He contracted the disease in...
  • THE GOOD SIDE OF INADEQUACY

    04/18/2015 7:03:26 AM PDT · by Resettozero · 2 replies
    InTouch.ORG ^ | Aired On 17 Apr 2015 | Dr. Charles Stanley
    How do you respond to challenges that seem beyond your capabilities? Some people feel overwhelmed with a sense of inadequacy, and therefore give up and walk away from the situation. Others approach the undertaking with confidence in themselves and their own abilities. For believers, neither one is the appropriate response—one exhibits a lack of trust in God, and the other displays pride. The apostle Paul described the right approach in 2 Corinthians 3:4-5. Our confidence is not in ourselves, but in Christ. There’s nothing within us that makes us competent for the opportunities God gives us. He alone is the...
  • BREAKING: Cardinal Francis George of Chicago dies at 78

    04/17/2015 2:01:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    cna ^ | April 17, 2015
    Cardinal Francis George of Chicago. Chicago, Ill., Apr 17, 2015 / 12:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Francis George, the Emeritus Archbishop of Chicago, passed away Friday morning after a long batter with cancer. Archbishop Blase Cupich, who currently heads the archdiocese, remembered Cardinal George as “a man of peace, tenacity and courage.” At an April 17 press conference, Archbishop Cupich lauded the cardinal for his bravery in overcoming challenges, which included a battle with polio as a teenager that left his legs permanently weak. “Cardinal George was a respected leader among the bishops of the United States,” Archbishop Cupich noted,...
  • Atheism is Dying Out Around the World

    04/17/2015 8:23:17 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 26 replies
    Churchpop.com ^ | April 16 | Rev. Dwight Longnecker
    We often hear from atheists how religion is dying out as mankind comes to see the clear light of reason. Atheist “intellectuals” speak disparagingly about religion and predict that mankind is on the cusp of a new age in which religion will simply disappear as science, technology and reason are in the ascendant. The facts indicate exactly the opposite. It is religion which continues to grow around the world while the statistics indicate that agnosticism and atheism are dying out. [See also:11 Maps to Help You Make Sense of World Religion] [See also:24 Crazy Facts About Global Christianity in...
  • What Ever Happened to the Spiritual Works of Mercy?

    04/17/2015 6:38:37 AM PDT · by Salvation · 26 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-16-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Ever Happened to the Spiritual Works of Mercy? By: Msgr. Charles PopeDuring daily masses at this time we are beginning to read through John Chapter 6. There of course is a glorious focus and teaching of the Lords true presence in the Most Blessed Sacrament.However, there is also another important teaching given at a critical moment in chapter 6 that is important for us to lay hold of today. It is a call to recover a greater awareness of the importance of the spiritual works of mercy. We will list what they are in the moment, but for now, consider that, despite living in rather...
  • The Absolute POWER and AUTHORITY of ALMIGHTY GOD'S Two Witnesses of Revelation!!

    04/17/2015 7:30:38 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 40 replies
    IFB ^ | 4/167/15
    For the past five years I have been absolutely fascinated about how little is stated about the Two Witnesses' ministry of Revelation (Rev. 11:3-12), but also have been absolutely blown away with how much in that little given one could write a novel on! The Divine POWER and AUTHORITY given unto them by Almighty God is inconceivable but by faith we must believe it to be so. The key is knowing where they fit into Almighty God's final outworking of Biblical prophecy before the return of the Messiah (Rev.19:11-21). These two Lamp Stands of Revelation's chief ministry for 1260 days...
  • A Letter to Pope Francis

    04/17/2015 6:31:21 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    First Things ^ | 4/16/15 | Robert George
    Your Holiness: I recall with pleasure and gratitude my visit to the Vatican in November and your moving address to our Colloquium on the Complementarity of Man and Woman in Marriage. There, gathered with leaders of the world’s great religious traditions, East and West, you reaffirmed the Church’s doctrine of marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife and spoke movingly of the right of every child “to grow up in a family with a father and mother.” Here in the United States we are blessed with many bishops who join you in bearing witness to these profound and...
  • Vatican: Pope Francis ‘Considering’ Cuba Visit

    04/17/2015 6:25:35 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 4/17/15 | Lydia Symonds
    Francis considering visit to island during America tripPope Francis is considering a trip to Cuba in September to tie in with his visit to the United States, a move that could further improve diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba. The Vatican spokesman, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, said that Francis “is considering the idea of a Cuba leg” but that discussions about the visit are at a preliminary stage. According to Associated Press, he added that it was too early to say that a decision has been taken or that operational planning was underway. In what will be the Pope’s...
  • San Francisco: ACTION ITEMS! SPIRITUAL BOUQUET! MASS MOB!

    04/16/2015 5:02:23 PM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 4/16/15 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    I call on all the readers here to pray and offer fasting and alms for the spiritual defense of Archbishop Cordileone of San Francisco.Will San Francisco be the Alamo of the Church in these USA?Today, in the ultra-liberal San Francisco Chronicle there is a full page ad from 100 “Prominent Catholics” calling on Pope Francis to remove Archbp. Cordileone. Prominent? Why? Because they support sodomy and they have money? Catholic? How?What will happen across these USA if the liberals and homosexualists succeed in bringing down Archbp. Cordileone?Think about it. The libs and the haters of the Church and homosexualists with...
  • From SF’s “Gay Mecca” to Healing in Christ

    04/16/2015 2:02:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | April 15, 2015 | Jim Graves
    Feeling trapped and miserable in the gay lifestyle, Joseph Sciambra found freedom in the love of Christ. Now he helps others to find it, too. Visit a street fair in San Francisco’s Castro district and you’re likely to meet Joseph Sciambra, 45, wearing a “Jesus loves you” t-shirt and handing out copies of his book, Swallowed by Satan. It tells the story of how, as a boy growing up in a lax Catholic family in Napa, California, he became addicted to pornography. Sexually confused at age 18, Sciambra made his way to the Castro, a “gay mecca,” and immersed himself...
  • Media Advisory-Archdiocese of San Francisco

    04/16/2015 10:40:57 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (SAN FRANCISCO, April 15, 2015) Regarding the paid advertisement in the San Francisco Chronicle slated for publication April 16 the Archdiocese of San Francisco responds: The advertisement is a misrepresentation of Catholic teaching, a misrepresentation of the nature of the teacher contract, and a misrepresentation of the spirit of the Archbishop. The greatest misrepresentation of all is that the signers presume to speak for “the Catholic Community of San Francisco.” They do not. The Archdiocese has met with a broad range of stakeholders. Together, we have engaged in a constructive dialogue on all of the issues raised...
  • Card. Sarah Laments "True scandal" of "Confusion Between Good and Evil..Made by Catholic Pastors"

    04/14/2015 6:48:30 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 4/13/15 | Carl E. Olson
    Sandro Magister has published excerpts from a new book—an interview of Cardinal Robert Sarah of Guinea—titled, "Dieu ou rien" [God or nothing], by French journalist Nicolas Diat. The Cardinal is quite candid and direct: There is now no mistake when one realizes that there exists a form of rejection of the dogmas of the Church, or a growing distance among men, the faithful and dogmas. On the question of marriage, there is a chasm between a certain world and the Church. The question is ultimately very simple: is it the world that must change its attitude, or the Church its...
  • [Irish] Bishops’ Threat Over Non-Signing of Civil Wedding Forms

    04/14/2015 6:12:04 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | 4/13/15 | Declan Brennan
    If same-sex vote carried, the church’s view on marriage and that of State radically different Ireland’s Catholic bishops spokesman has said the church may no longer perform the civil aspects of weddings if marriage is extended to same-sex couples. The move would mean the tens of thousands of couples who get married in Catholic churches each year would have to go elsewhere to have their marriage legally recognised by the State. At present, the signing of the Marriage Registration Form – a civil document required by the State in order to recognise a marriage – takes place after the wedding...
  • 5 THINGS FULTON SHEEN TEACHES US ABOUT SOCIAL MEDIA

    04/13/2015 2:59:45 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Dominican Journal ^ | April 13, 2015 | BR. PATRICK MARY BRISCOE, O.P.
    “Jesus loves you.” #JN3:16 #Easter #risn“Pray. Hope. Don’t worry.” #faith #believe“Preach the Gospel at all times” #Francis #peace #prayalwaysTwitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest and countless other platforms are filled with almost empty Christian one-liners and other messages.  Oftentimes trite sayings are re-tweeted or shared along with some kind of exhortation to “spread the word.”  Since you’re a Christian, you can feel guilted into supporting this sort of thing, to do your share of evangelization.  Believe me, I’m committed to building up a Christian culture, but sometimes I can be downright ashamed of that content.  In the most extreme cases it...
  • Swedish Priest Apologises for Gay Comments

    04/13/2015 8:33:05 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Ice News ^ | 4/11/15 | Luna Finnsson
    A Swedish priest who claimed that gay people have a psychological disorder that can be cured has apologised after his comments outraged gay rights campaigners. Priest Ingvar Fogelqvist, who was preaching at the Catholic parish of Arkeangeln Sankt Mikael in the southern town of Vaxjo, said in a confirmation class in front of 2,000 worshippers that gay people had a “psychological disorder that could be cured”, but claimed other types of homosexuality were incurable. Fogelqvist told the students in attendance that gay people, and people who suffer from health problems or impotence, should not be permitted to live a “normal”...
  • Titanic Priest Father Thomas Byles 'Should be Sainted'

    04/13/2015 6:02:42 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    BBC ^ | 4/12/15
    A campaign is under way to have the Catholic priest who stayed on RMS Titanic instead of fleeing on a lifeboat made a saint. Father Thomas Byles, of St Helen's Church, Chipping Ongar, Essex, boarded the ship at Southampton to attend his younger brother's wedding in New York. But when it sank in 1912 he twice refused to join a lifeboat and instead remained with passengers to pray. The current priest at St Helen's Church said Father Byles should be canonised. Father Byles, educated in Fleetwood, Lancashire and Oxford, had been rector at St Helen's for eight years when he...
  • The Key to Jesus’ Ministry in One Word: ‘Ephphatha’

    04/13/2015 5:10:18 AM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | April 13, 2015 | STEPHEN BEALE
    He slipped His fingers in the man’s ears. Spitting, He touched the man’s tongue. Then He looked up to heaven and groaned.“Ephphatha!” Jesus said.So goes the account of the healing of the deaf man near the Sea of Galilee, as told in Mark.The word is one of a handful of words in Aramaic—believed to be the vernacular language of Jesus—that survived into the Greek New Testament. We don’t have to find an Aramaic dictionary to discover the meaning of this word. Mark readily supplies a definition: Be opened! Immediately, then, we are told that the man’s ears were “opened”...
  • Apostle: One Who Is Sent

    04/12/2015 3:17:04 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | April 10, 2015 | MIKE AQUILINA
    The word apostle has a dynamic quality. The Greek apostolos means “one who is sent.” It describes an agent or vicar, an emissary or ambassador. More than a messenger, an apostolos is a representative. Scholars believe the word is a direct translation of the Hebrew shaliah; and the ancient rabbis pronounced that “a man’s shaliah is as himself.”The Apostles were first known as the Twelve — a number rich with meaning. For a Jew of the first century, it recalled the twelve tribes of Israel, the tribes now dis­persed among the Gentiles and assimilated into other peoples. The gathering...
  • ‘May the balm of mercy reach everyone’, says Francis as he proclaims Holy Year

    04/12/2015 1:38:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 41 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | April 12, 2015
    Pope says Holy Year of Mercy is 'a time to offer everyone the way of forgiveness and reconciliation' Mercy is what makes God perfect and all-powerful, Pope Francis has said in his document officially proclaiming the Holy Year of Mercy.“If God limited himself to only justice, he would cease to be God, and would instead be like human beings who ask merely that the law be respected,” the Pope wrote in Misericordiae Vultus (“The Face of Mercy”), which is the bull of indiction calling a Holy Year to begin on December 8.Standing in front of the Holy Door of St...
  • Get ready for church

    04/12/2015 3:51:26 AM PDT · by knarf · 3 replies
    various authors ^ | April 123, 2015 | knarf, various
    Something pleasant about Sunday in the springtime
  • Catholic School Reinstates Teacher [Januzzi] Suspended for Defending Catholic Teaching on Facebook

    04/11/2015 4:20:37 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 3/10/15 | Dustin Siggins
    SOMERVILLE, NJ, April 10, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- A teacher suspended from a Catholic school for using Facebook to defend traditional marriage has been reinstated. Almost one month ago, Patricia Jannuzzi was suspended from Immaculata High School in Somerville, New Jersey, after she made what became controversial comments about same-sex relationships. Over the next several weeks, she was told that the suspension was effectively a release from her job, as she would not be rehired for the 2016 school year. Jannuzzi was also told that she had lost her pay and benefits for the current school year. The scandal was compounded...
  • UK Tribunal Rules Against Christian Suspended for Sharing Faith with Muslim Co-Worker

    04/09/2015 5:22:48 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Christian News ^ | 4/8/15 | Heather Clark
    LONDON – An employment tribunal in the United Kingdom has ruled against an occupational therapist who was suspended for nine months after her Muslim co-worker alleged that she was trying to convert her. Victoria Wasteney, 38, had developed a friendship with her colleague Enya Nawaz, 27, as they worked at the St. John Howard Center in London. The two had discussed Islam and Christianity, and Wasteney had talked to Nawaz about her church’s efforts to fight human trafficking. “The whole basis of our conversations around faith started with her telling me that she’d had an encounter with God, that she...
  • Kasper is Not the 'Pope's Theologian,' Says Leading African Cardinal

    04/09/2015 5:01:24 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 4/9/15 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    Vatican City, Apr 9, 2015 / 05:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A top African cardinal says that German cardinal Walter Kasper – who's stirred controversy over his views promoting Communion for the divorced and remarried – does not necessarily represent Pope Francis' theological stance. He also rejected efforts to claim the Pope for either side of the debate ahead of the upcoming synod on the family. South Africa's Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier dismissed a news report's label of Cardinal Walter Kasper as the “Pope’s theologian,” saying, “I believe Pope Francis is a theologian in his own right. So he does not...
  • Report: 20% increase in number of men to be ordained priests in 2015

    04/09/2015 11:42:50 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | April 8, 2015 | Carl E. Olson
    Seminarians lead a procession for Mass during the dedication of a new building at the Pontifical North American College in Rome Jan. 6. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) Yesterday the USCCB released some information about men to be ordained priests this year. On average, the report states, the men were 17 years old when they first considered the vocation of priesthood, and 71% said they were encouraged in that regard by a parish priest, "as well as friends (46 percent), parishioners (45 percent), and mothers (40 percent)." And the number of men to be ordained is up 20% from last year:...
  • The dilemma of Celiac Catholics

    04/09/2015 6:23:58 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 53 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 04/09/2015 | Richard Sikorski
    [SNIP] Severely gluten intolerant, Celiac Catholics like myself can’t take the whole wheat hosts that are so prevalent in today’s Catholic churches, so we’re forced to receive our Lord in the form of wine. Problem is, with so many faithful receiving Holy Communion during Holy Week services, the consecrated wine runs out before Communicants do. During packed Holy Thursday and Easter Masses, as many as a third of the congregation may miss out on lifting the chalice. You can bet most of these are Celiac victims. That happened to me this past Thursday. I’ve received Holy Communion at over 57...
  • Divine Mercy Sunday 2015 Merciful Jesus Christ, I trust in you A Personal Story

    I love the Divine Mercy Message and Devotion 24-7-365. My Family and I have promoted the Divine Mercy Message and Devotion in Mumbai, India vigorously for more than 25 years. We have spread the Divine Mercy Message and Devotion to Cities in Central India and in North India like Lucknow, Indore, and Patna to mention a few. In 1994 and in 1995, we got in touch with Divine Mercy Information Centre, Hong Kong which was run by a Chinese Catholic Evangelist by the name of Mr John Bosco Wong. He was a Third Order Carmelite. Mr John Bosco Wong sent...